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58
A General Theory of Love
4.12
This book marries neurophysiology with the Attachment Theory, via poetic -- if occasionally florid -- language. It posits that human beings possess th...more
Feb 12, 2011
Sep 20, 2010
 
116
Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance over Time
3.94
A neo-psychoanalytical take on the vicissitude of love and romance. Mitchell's foundation argument is, romance requires spontaneity and uncertainty. W...more
Feb 11, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
 
82
The Mystical Qabalah
4.06
A clear explanation of the philosophical structure of the Hermetic Kabbalah, filled with easily-understandable but profound analogies and metaphors to...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
 
114
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
4.10
Interesting, quick read that examines how humans behave in disasters, in midst of chaos and immeasurable fear. Through the stories and interviews of s...more
Dec 23, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
 
110
Sex, Love and Your Personality: The Nine Faces of Intimacy
3.83
3.5 STARS

Enneagram demonstrated via 54 case studies. Very useful for understanding the basics of this system, as well the way it works out in the real...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
 
60
Columbine
4.24
A detailed account of Columbine (forever eponymously linked to the incident) through Harris' and Klebold's diaries and various interviews, that debunk...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
87
Hallucinations
3.76
The stories in this book terrified me.

Fascinating. Human. Written with compassion and clarity. But terrifying.

My worst fear in life is to have somethi...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
 
83
Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot: An Authoritative Examination of the World's Most Fascinating and Magical Tarot Cards
4.18
Truly a necessary beginner's primer on the Thoth Tarot.

I'd been immolating my brain upon Aleister Crowley's original accompanying text The Book of Tho...more
Feb 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
119
Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic + the Domestic
3.88
3.75 STARS

The natural outgrowth and follow-up of Mitchell's CAN LOVE LAST? ... Can sexual desire and eroticism last in long-term relationships?

The ans...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
 
86
Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find -- and Keep -- Love
3.85
Attachment theory has been around for a couple of decades. This book does a good job of translating the theory into easily understandable language, il...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
 
122
Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life - Insights from Buddhism and Psychotherapy
3.93
A most helpful book that came to me at a most necessary time. The left-handed path of Buddhist practice -- to look at desire up close, see its constan...more
May 24, 2014
May 22, 2014
 
106
Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening
4.04
Utter clarity; words pared down akin to poetry. The emptiness of phenomena explained by breaking things down to their particles. At what point of its...more
Jun 2013
May 29, 2013
 
99
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path
4.30
As my Buddhist reading stack up, it has been interesting to see how different authors present the same basic teachings through the lenses of their dif...more
May 09, 2013
May 06, 2013
 
89
Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
4.16
Read this in a couple of hours at Barnes & Noble. Was intending to browse the shelves for an hour or so before errand-running; instead, got caught...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
 
112
Wisdom
4.00
Skimmed. An exploration of what is the nature of wisdom (comprises, perhaps, of emotional regulation, compassion, altruism, patience, and a host of su...more
not set
Nov 15, 2013
 
46
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
3.85
What always shines through in Oliver Sacks' writing is his genuine interest in his subjects, that he wished them well somewhere deep in his heart, eve...more
not set
Jan 17, 2010
 
98
The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
4.35
Some books must be read at the right time in order to be absorbed. This time was right for me, so I was moved to tears throughout. It is among a small...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
107
Fidelity: How to Create a Loving Relationship That Lasts
4.11
Lucid reiteration of Buddhist principles.

If a piece of driftwood is stuck on the side of the river, then it stops. It can't continue and will not rea...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
67
Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery
4.05
A very clear and detailed look at an interesting personality system. It has opened my eyes to certain of my emotional blind spots... a painful, but re...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
 
111
Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram's Forgotten Passageway
4.17
A very quick read. Enneagram from a Christian spiritual tradition, with prayers for enlightenment, etc. I am not Christian so skipped these parts when...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
 
95
The Journey from Abandonment to Healing: Turn the End of a Relationship into the Beginning of a New Life
4.14
A very clear yet thorough walk-through of the trauma of abandonment, how it can affect us all our lives, make us hyper-sensitive to rejection or emoti...more
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
 
103
Everyday Zen: Love & Work
4.16
Astounding in its plainness: life is fine the way it is. Then we come along with our thoughts and desires, creating false limitations where none exist...more
May 16, 2013
May 13, 2013
 
102
Thoughts Without A Thinker: Psychotherapy From A Buddhist Perspective
4.13
Lucidly weds Buddhist philosophy with in-depth understanding of psychoanalytic theory and practice. The impersonal stance of psychoanalytic mind very...more
May 27, 2013
May 11, 2013
 
92
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
4.10
Read this in one sitting. An excellent overview of mindfulness, lightly touching on neurological basis, with personal anecdotes and patient examples....more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
 
59
Talking About Detective Fiction
3.66
Informative, engaging, and erudite. I laughed out loud a few times from the low-key British humor. A worthwhile read.

If I were closing on 90, I wish I...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
 
85
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
3.64
I can only admit to a rapid scan through this polemic of a book. Like watching a Michael Moore documentary, it riles its intended audience good and we...more
not set
Apr 06, 2012
 
124
The Tao of Pooh
3.99
Sweet, but over-simplistic. I'm not sure the "simple" and "as a child" of Daoism necessarily mean brainless as Pooh, lovable as he is.

A decent introd...more
May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014
 
44
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.82
Well written, easily digestible. Popcorn for those casually interested in human behavior and open to novel ideas, backed by some absorbing anecdotes a...more
not set
Jan 17, 2010
 
64
The Book of Thoth
4.06
Aleister Crowley's exposition on his tarot deck, the Thoth Deck. Densely esoteric. Not what you'd call enjoyable per se, or even very readable, but ve...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
 
66
The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy
4.51
An in-depth yet very clear look at how the Hermetic Kabbalah, the Tree of Life, and parts of the Soul is intertwined with Tarot, with exploration into...more
Sep 27, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
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